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Posted: 07/27/12 03:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dragonfly- I would be curious to hear of your experience on that experiment. It sounds reasonable.

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Posted: 07/27/12 07:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The manufacturer of my camper will not install their units into a truck with a drop in liner. From their web site:

"One piece plastic bed liners, carpet bed rugs and carpet kits must be removed prior to your installation appointment. Plastic bed liners are very slick, compressable, and might cause the camper turn buckles to unexpectingly loosen up. The one piece plastic bed liners also interfere with installation of the camper tie down system in the truck bed. Bed rugs will also get in the way of the camper tie down bolts (which is used to hold the camper onto the truck). The bed rugs or carpet kits can become saturated with rain water which can damage the bottom of the camper and the truck. Although spray-in bed liners (such as Line-X, Rhino Liner, etc.) and/or rubber bed mats are not necessary, they do help protect the truck bed long term.”Spray-On” bed liners or a simple rubber bed mat will prevent damage to the truck bed and prevent the camper from shifting in the truck bed while in motion. The “Spray-On” bedliner is the prefered choice for most all customers."


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Posted: 07/27/12 07:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Next time our camper slides off the back of our truck I am removing the drop in liner also and just keeping the rubber mat...I am really getting tired of scraping it up off the highway.
Last year on our 6k mile trip this was really starting to get old...


D-fly...what did you end up getting for a camper? We never did hear the end result of your search...


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Posted: 07/27/12 08:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X5. Store it in case you decide to sell the truck.


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Posted: 07/27/12 08:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I now wish that I had done what Dragonfly is going to do. I removed my plastic bedliner and installed Herculiner. I did use the front piece of the plastic liner for decoration that is held in by my Happijac mounts. I also kept the tail gate cover. I just wanted the Chev logo to stick out and the built in cup holders for my coffee.



I did this before I got my latest T/C and now I find that if I am off, just enough, I scrape the sides of my T/C and I have to clean that are up when I unload it.

I have talked to the DW and discussed on doing exactly what Dragonfly has suggested, if I can find a used under-rail liner.


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Posted: 07/27/12 10:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have not tried my suggestion to cut out the bottom of the drop in liner leaving enough to curl under the rubber bed mat, holding it down. When I do I will take photos and report whether it worked or, I yanked the whole thing out.

As for my light camper quest, I posted in the original thread that I was called out of the country for three weeks and returned to a very big consulting contract in southern Florida where I am now. I have a cap on the truck with a fold out bed inside right now. However, when the dust settles I still plan on matching a light hardside to my "heavy duty" F-150. I will keep you posted.


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Posted: 07/27/12 10:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for all the quick replies everyone! The verdict is in, and the bed liner has to go... unless I decide to try Dragonfly's idea. Next, I need a camper...

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Posted: 07/27/12 10:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What Dragonfly is proposing is along the same line as the Dualiner system; http://www.dualliner.com/quickview.php

I can't give my plastic bed liner away so I'm also thinking about cutting the bottom out of mine because I'm tired of it taking up shop or driveway space.

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Posted: 07/27/12 11:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 1/2 inch plywood over my plastic bedliner then I have my rubber mat on top of that.
Camper seems to ride perfectly well at least it works for me.

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Posted: 07/28/12 07:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I bought the Monsta Liner Kit for $100. It has been very tough as I haul furniture and everything else in it. I use a rubber bed mat (Panda brand)
This works for me for over 8 years now. With my Lance F350 combo I have to lay 1 1/2 in planks to get the cabover area up high enough so It won't hit the trucks cab if I go over a speed bump or pot hole.


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